Beer-mats are not only used under the bottle or as a decoration, but also it plays a big part between the producer and consumer. There are different kinds of coasters built with different materials and textures outside in the market like pulpboard coasters, faux suede coasters, fabric coasters, and black rubber coasters (recycled) etc. You can find some other types and designs but you don’t have to go to a market or pub to see some others or buy some for your favorite beer mug. You can make creative beer coasters by yourself with following some simple steps.
Step 1: Things you need
You need some things which are absolutely available in a low budget. Here are the things –
- 4×4 White Tile (you can choose different colors)
- Beer Boxes
- Mod Podge glues
- Mod Podge spray sealer
- Crafter’s Felt
- Cutting board
- Ruler and straight edge (Efficient and handy)
- Rotary Cutter (you can use scissors or knife but results may vary)
- Paint Brush
Step 2: Preparation
Six packs of boxes are enough; you just need the sides of the boxes. Cut down the joints of the sides and bottom and pull off the inside section. Make the pieces uniform so it will look decent. Cut the card boards in 4 and ¼ inches square; the extra inch will be helpful and make it look more perfect. Try to mix up and make a texture of the cover, you’ll need a ruler to make it more prominent.
Step 3: Glue
Put a thin layer of Mod Podge glue on the fronts of the tiles and Paint it using foam or paint brush at least 4 times on each tile. Let the glue to be little bit dry and tacky before sticking the cardboard. After placing the first cardboard square, place something heavy on it to stick it better.
Let it be dry, 15 minutes usually.
Step 4: Coating and Adding the Felt
Once the cardboards are dry, you can start layering the top of the tiles with Mod Podge. Make sure it covers the whole surface and edges. Make it dry and repeat the procedure for six times. Once it is done on all the layers, spray sealer on it. 5-6 coats in a gap of 15 minutes of dry time are enough.
When it is complete, cut off the extra drips from every side with a rotary cutter.
After that, brush with some Mod Podge glues on the bottom of the tiles and stick the squares. Let it be dry and beer coasters are ready to use.
Note: Cover the place you’re working on to protect it.